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William Hazlitt
(1778-1830) born on
Apr 10
English writer, essayist. He wrote "Characters of Shakespeare's Plays," 1817; also noted for essays on value of humanity.
A person may be indebted for a nose or an eye, for a graceful carriage or a voluble discourse, to a great-aunt or uncle, whose existence he has scarcely heard of.

A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character.
A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer --that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffling, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they shew one another off to the best advantage.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On Personal Character."
R: "On Clerical Character," published in Yellow Dwarf (24/31 Jan. & 7 Feb. 1818; repr. in Political Essays, 1819).
A: Sketches and Essays, "On Nicknames" (1839).
N: Political Essays, Preface (1819; repr. in Complete Works, vol. 7, ed. by P. P. Howe, 1932).
K: Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims, no. 376 (1823; repr. in The Complete Works Of William Hazlitt, vol. 9, ed. by P. P. Howe, 1932).

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